Mylor Off Grid
Mylor, Adelaide Hills, SA Year: 2011
The Brief: To design an “Off Grid” self-sufficient family home with minimal carbon footprint.
Design Response: Local building materials including timber milled on site were used to reduce the impact of transport and the associated carbon footprint. Photovoltaic panels are installed on the Northern aspect and provide electricity that is stored in batteries. The carefully designed roofs capture rain water in two large water tanks that are also available for firefighting.
The site’s gentle sloping Northern aspect has been exploited by cutting 1200mm into the slope along the length of the south wall creating earth coupled thermal stability. This is combined with raked ceilings and clerestory windows that create a thermal chimney in summer. Ventilation via cool pipes sunken in the ground delivers cooled air directly to the interior.
In winter the house is heated passively by extensive glazing running the length of the north façade. A slow combustion heater with a wet back for hot water supplements winter heating and is a sustainable solution in this context because all timber is felled on site.